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Rachel Nuzum: An Overview of the State Innovations Program

February 5, 2008 - Program officer Rachel Nuzum reviews the goals of the State Innovations program as well as recent projects, including evaluations of reform efforts in Maine and Massachusetts, and the State Quality Improvement Institute. Play »


Racial and Ethnic Disparities: A Commonwealth Fund/Alliance for Health Reform Briefing E-Forum

June 13, 2008 - Watch an e-forum, with synched slides and audio, from a May 12, 2008 Commonwealth Fund/Alliance for Health Reform briefing, "Racial and Ethnic Disparities: States and Feds to the Rescue?" Play »


Realizing the Promise of Health Reform: A Health Care System for the 21st Century

December 5, 2011 - The Hon. Annette Widmann-Mauz, Parliamentary State Secretary for Health for Germany, delivers the keynote speech, "Realizing the Promise of Health Reform: A Health Care System for the 21st Century," at The Commonwealth Fund 2011 International Symposium on Health Care Policy. Play »


Rebuilding Primary Care in New Orleans

February 1, 2010 - After Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans had "an unprecedented opportunity to redefine its health system." This episode looks at the network of safety-net clinics that was created following the disaster, and how many of these clinics have become medical homes that provide coordinated, accessible, and affordable primary care. Play »


Reducing Rehospitalizations: New Initiative Addresses Readmissions as a Community Problem

June 17, 2009 - Being discharged from the hospital is something most patients eagerly anticipate, but many patients find themselves back in the hospital far too soon. A new Commonwealth Fund-supported initiative administered by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement called STAAR--State Action on Avoidable Rehospitalization--is a multi-state, multi-stakeholder collaborative that aims to reduce rehospitalization rates by 30 percent. Play »


RESPECT: Practicing Patient-Centered Care in Wisconsin

June 24, 2008 - Because the U.S. health system is complex and fragmented, physicians find it difficult at times to put the needs of patients first. But some health care practices deliver patient-centered care despite the odds. In this episode, producer Sandy Hausman visits the Wheaton Franciscan Medical Group in Racine, Wisconsin, where staff are dedicated to exceptional patient service as well as superior clinical quality. Play »


Retail Clinics: A Look at Who Picks Up Primary Care at the Pharmacy

December 18, 2008 - Producer Sandy Hausman explains the role retail clinics, which operate in pharmacies, supermarkets and big-box retailers, play in providing basic health care to certain Americans who lack affordable alternatives. Play »


The Rise of Resident-Centered Care in Nursing Homes: Transforming Jewish Home Lifecare

July 22, 2008 - Hear how a culture change initiative at the Sarah Neuman Center in Mamaroneck, New York, and at Jewish Home Lifecare's Manhattan and Bronx campuses, is transforming life for residents and staff by deinstitutionalizing the physical environment, dining, the staffing structure, and more. Play »


The Role of Health Care Providers in Health Reform

September 21, 2012 - Thomas Lee, president of Partners Healthcare System and chief executive officer of Partners Community HealthCare, Inc., outlines what the changes in U.S. health care mean for hospitals and health professionals. Play »


Ruth Thorlby on Her Harkness Fellowship Experience

October 4, 2012 - Ruth Thorlby of the Nuffield Trust discusses her path to becoming a Harkness Fellow and how her fellowship experience in United States enriched her career. Play »


Safety Net Medical Home Initiative: Transforming Primary Care

May 4, 2011 - The Commonwealth Fund is sponsoring a five-year demonstration program to help 65 low-income or safety net clinics in five states transform into patient-centered medical homes. Program administrators and participants discuss their progress in this video. Play »


Sara Collins: An Overview on The Program on the Future of Health Insurance

June 11, 2007 - Sara Collins, Ph.D., assistant vice president for Program on the Future of Health Insurance, reviews the program's goals and activities, including an upcoming report on the role of employers in the health system. Play »


SCHIP and Beyond: Improving Health Care

March 20, 2007 - Watch a Fund E-Forum, featuring audio and slides from the March 12th Comonwealth Fund/Alliance for Health Reform Briefing on SCHIP. Play »


Scorecard Offers Vision of Improved Long Term Services

September 7, 2011 - The first of 70 million baby boomers turn 65 this year, and long-term services and supports (LTSS), which include home care, assisted living, and nursing home care, are on the rise. To help states identify gaps, AARP’s Public Policy Institute, The Commonwealth Fund, and The SCAN Foundation, developed the first state LTSS scorecard. Play »


Shared Decision-Making in Health Care

February 7, 2013 - The use of health care decision aids such as multimedia programs, videos, and even brochures can help patients become more engaged with their care, and lead to better health outcomes and lower health care costs. Play »


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